A Soldier's Perspective: Roseanna Mandy


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Our team struck out yesterday from Lobuche to head towards Everest Base Camp. It's the second major milestone that our team has achieved. The first being to pass the 5000-metre mark and the third, of course, will be to summit Island Peak!

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The day was absolutely beautiful and for me this was a very significant day, because my son's name is Everest. Today was a benchmark day for me; what I had hung my hat on achieving.

I was involved in a very bad motor vehicle accident when I was nineteen weeks pregnant with Everest and we had a lot of wait and see to make sure he was alright. My husband and I wanted to give him the best start that we could by giving him the strongest name possible, something that represented the invincibility of the mountain.

Everest base camp has always been on my wish list. I found it a tough go, because I am a conservative trekker. I come out soft, but finished very strong. I wasn't the first one to base camp, but I was definitely the first one back.

At home in Canada, I am open class equestrian athlete. With the support of my chain of command, I compete at an international level. In May 2010, I had a serious accident and was left with a broken pelvis and femur. I am also deaf in my left ear, which happened at the end of my first year in the military in 1994.

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When I got my first full view of Everest today, I felt so small, but also that my son was aptly named. I don't think that we could have chosen a better name for him. I was really thinking of my family a lot and how much they mean to me.

I'd like to say to my son Everest, "Son! I've made it!"

He's such an amazing young man and I'm so happy to have connected his name to something so great. It really suits his personality.

I look forward to summiting Island Peak for my other amazing son Ethan. I love you boys and I miss you!

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